Just a test, but Verizon's 'civil emergency' text message spells fear, confusion around N.J.
CMAS refers to the Commercial Mobile Alert System, a public safety initiative that involves FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission and subscribed wireless phone carriers.
The alert appeared to have only affected Droid-operated phones, said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden. Rumson authorities issued its own alert to citizens in the Monmouth County community: "THERE IS NO EMERGENCY.
The alert sparked confusion that spread online via Twitter, before authorities confirmed that there was no actual danger. With a unique sound and vibration, Wireless Emergency Alerts keep you in the know, wherever you are. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. If you travel into a threat area after an alert is first sent, your WEA-capable device will receive the message when you enter the area. You can opt-out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER alerts, but not for Presidential messages. The Extreme alerts from the National Weather Service include warnings for tsunamis, tornadoes, extreme winds, hurricanes and typhoons.
WEA messages are broadcast using radio-like technology from cell towers in, and sometimes around, the actual warning area. FEMA has produced Public Service Announcements that demonstrate how wireless alerts save lives.
The NWS pushes our suite of warnings, advisories, and watches to a national collection pointcalled the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) The NWS specially marks our most critical NWS alerts for WEA distribution, so that when they reach IPAWS, they are pushed to commercial wireless carriers who broadcast the alert from cell towers in the threat area to your cell phone. Wolfe said the Mecca 911 office was immediately aware of the inaccurate, repeated text messages but was at the mercy of the state agencies that issued the messages. Currently, the president of the United States is able to send out a message during a national emergency, but it can only be broadcast at the local level.


The Severe alerts from National Weather Service include warnings for flash floods and dust storms.
Therefore, an alert can reach cell phones outside of the actual warning area depending on the broadcast range of the cell towers which broadcast the alert.
Other sources include NOAA Weather Radio, news media coverage, the Emergency Alert System on radio and TV broadcasts, desktop applications, mobile applications, and other alerting methods offered by local and state public safety agencies. IPAWS also serves as collection point for non-weather alerts, such as civil and child abduction emergency messages which are issued by other emergency authorities. That’s in addition to the alerts many are accustomed to seeing on television and hearing on the radio. 25 launched Twitter Alerts, which sends push notifications to participating users' smartphones when a select organization has sent a specially marked emergency tweet. According to Mike Wolfe, the director of the Monongalia County Office of Emergency Management and Mecca 911, this particular text alert system had never before been used in the state. BRITONS could be warned about impending disaster by text message if upcoming trials are successful. The Government has announced plans to test the system in Glasgow city centre, Easingwold, in North Yorkshire, and Leiston, in Suffolk.The system, which will begin later this month, would allow messages to be sent to mobile phones in the case of emergencies such as natural disasters, terror attacks or large-scale accidents. With WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service. WEA use radio technology to broadcast the alert from cell towers to mobile devices in the area of the threat.
Message frequency depends on the number of imminent threats to life or property in your area. Another glitch involved people from far away, some as far away as Fairmont, receiving the same texts, when this incident obviously did not involve them at all. The FCC is currently working to set up a system to allow the president to broadcast an emergency message to the entire nation all at once. The alerts are sent via the Wireless Emergency Alert system, developed by the FCC and FEMA and implemented starting in April 2012.


America’s wireless industry is helping to build a Weather-Ready Nation through a nationwide text emergency alert system, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which will warn you when weather threatens. As ABC News explained in November, when Sandy spurred a similar (if seemingly more justified) emergency bulletin, the discrepancy is merely a matter of which phones have been outfitted by their carriers to display the alerts. The NWS pushes our suite of warnings, advisories, and watches to a national collection point called the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) The NWS specially marks our most critical NWS alerts for WEA distribution, so that when they reach IPAWS, they are pushed to commercial wireless carriers who broadcast the alert from cell towers in the threat area to your cell phone. If you live along the Northeastern Seaboard, there's a good chance your mobile phone buzzed or beeped Thursday afternoon with a text alert like the one shown at left. In 2012, the FCC launched Wireless Emergency Alerts -- text messages sent to users at no cost to the user that warn of things like approaching storms or Amber Alerts issued near a user's current location.
Reactions on social networks and in the newsroom where I'm sitting right now suggest the alert's most immediate effect was to make those who got it wonder why they did and those who didn't get it wonder why they didn't. We have included diverse areas - both rural and urban - as part of our tests, as we want to look at how effective the different systems are in different areas in using mobile phones to deliver mass messaging."Messages will be sent to mobile phones in the test areas by SMS in parts of Suffolk and Glasgow, and by SMS and cell broadcasting in parts of Yorkshire. Firefighters going door-to-door to advise residents of the issue and calls to landlines with the same message were successfully delivered, but a text message sent through the Emergency Alert System has come under criticism. The alerts seem like a great idea in theory, although today's message wasn't exactly overflowing with actionable intel. A federal provision, ordered by President Barack Obama, requires the Emergency Alert System to utilize text alerts to warn residents of a crisis or dangerous situation. The Federal Communications Commission is currently working to revamp the Emergency Alert System to allow the president to broadcast an emergency message to the entire country all at once.



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